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More than just a call to arms in the fight against the increasingly pervasive idea that higher education needs to be run like a business, this book lays out a plan for how the fight might be won. It is essential reading for anyone who believes that the only market that has any place in our institutions of learning is the marketplace of ideas. -- Gregory A. Petsko, Arthur J. Mahon Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience, Weill Cornell Medical College and Cornell University Knowledge for Sale could not have appeared at a more important time. Under attack from market-driven approaches, higher education is surrendering its role as a crucial public good. Lawrence Busch not only provides a crucial rationale for defending higher education as an important public sphere, he also offers one of the most brilliant and detailed maps of the diverse forces at work in corporatizing higher education, transforming it into an institution that mimics the culture of business and the crude imperatives of capital. This book may be the best and most important book yet written on the disastrous effect neoliberalism has had in transforming all aspects of higher education into an adjunct of corporate control defined by agents of privatization, deregulation, and commodification. -- Henry A. Giroux, McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest; author of Neoliberalism's War on Higher Education In this beautifully crafted book Lawrence Busch incisively explores how neoliberalism has undercut the freedom of the academy. It is essential reading for all who care about independent thought in a 'post-truth' era. -- John Law, Emeritus Professor, Open University Lawrence Busch's Knowledge for Sale is a powerful analysis of the way economic sciences have constructed neoliberalism and consequently restructured colleges and universities worldwide. Busch covers everything from administration to public engagement and extension, while dwelling on education: teaching and research. The book deals with highly complex concepts in a clear and accessible manner. It is a must for individuals and groups that want to change higher learning. -- Sheila Slaughter, Louise McBee Professor of Higher Education, Institute of Higher Education, University of Georgia

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Lawrence Busch is University Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University and the author of Standards: Recipes for Reality (MIT Press) Geoffrey C. Bowker is Professor and Director of the Evoke Lab at the University of California, Irvine. He is the coauthor (with Susan Leigh Star) of Sorting Things Out: Classification and Its Consequences and the author of Memory Practices in the Sciences, both published by the MIT Press. Paul N. Edwards is Professor in the School of Information and the Department of History at the University of Michigan. He is the author of The Closed World: Computers and the Politics of Discourse in Cold War America (1996) and a coeditor (with Clark Miller) of Changing the Atmosphere: Expert Knowledge and Environmental Governance (2001), both published by the MIT Press.

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